There’s nothing quite humble and effectively chic as the little black dress. Even the late fashion bigwig Karl Lagerfeld (“One is never over- or under-dressed with a little black dress.”) had waxed lyrically about them.
But while LBDs are an essential wardrobe stable, some pieces can be pretty predictable, sporting simple silhouettes and designs. If you are wanting to jazz up your LBD closet and level up from your basic and mundane picks, scroll on as we’ve rounded up 16 unique and sexy black dresses you can get right now.
An iconic wardrobe staple that has, since its inception by the well-ahead-of-her-time Coco Chanel in the ‘20s, firmly embedded itself in the fashion lexicon as the “LBD”, the little black dress has synonymously echoed women’s tastes, sensibilities and attitudes with changing times and shifting culture. In simpler terms, it’s never going out of style.
The LBD’s winning trait is its simplicity. Unfussy, versatile and polished, it’s no wonder that the LBD is almost every woman’s immediate go-to for every event from elegant dinner parties to any regular day at the office.
The new season’s releases reimagine the LBD with interesting cuts and experimental details, offering subtle tweaks to the sleeves, neckline and silhouette while still retaining the integrity of the omnipresent elegant number.
Check out our updated edit on the most stylish LBDs to add to your collection.
Featuring a structured ruffled hem in exaggerated proportions juxtaposed with a sleek A-line bodice, this Valentino dress hints at the House’s lavish and modern haute couture designs with a slight nod to its expert manipulation of classic designs with an extravagant twist. Team this with a crossbody tote and a pair of kitten heeled mules for a lunch event.
Giving the classic tuxedo dress a sexy spin, this tailored mini dress from Alexander McQueen showcases a lace insert peeking out between lush satin lapels designed to mimic shawls, and clean, flattering lines. Perfect for professional galas where you’d want to look immaculate, this number will look great next to a statement bright coloured minaudiere and a pair of crystal-embellished high heels.
We can’t get enough of Versace’s uber-alluring slip dresses. Reminiscent of the “going out” looks captured on supermodels Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford back in the ‘90s, this embellished mini dress features an asymmetrical cowl neckline that’s held up by the brand’s interlocking gold chains shaped in the form of the brand’s famed “Greca” motif. Style this with a baguette-style shoulder bag and a pair of strappy kitten heels ala the ‘90s.
The fashion world’s recent fascination with romantic, Victorian era-esque details basically calls for the addition of this sweet ruffle-neck number. Crafted with the requisite puff-sleeves with ruffled cuffs, a babydoll silhouette and made from lustrous moiré, Batsheva’s LBD looks incredibly feminine and on-trend. Add an edgy twist to your look by pairing it with a pair of combat boots and regal jewel-toned accessories.
Expertly cut from velvet with sturdy neoprene backing to form a sculpted hourglass silhouette that frames the body in a flattering way, this Balenciaga dress is finished with a sweetheart neckline that draws focus to the decolletage. Take a page out of Balenciaga’s books and style this stunning number just like how the brand did at its runway show: with a pair of sheer black tights, a pair of large statement earrings, simple black square-toed pumps and a brightly coloured shoulder bag.
Featuring a square neckline and long sheer sleeves fitted with elastics for a romantic “puffed-up” effect, this mini dress comes embellished all-over with beads and sequins. It also has a slight ruching effect along the sides of the skirt, with the ribbons dangling as an added detail. We’ll be pairing this with a sparkling top-handle tote bag, a dainty chain necklace and a pair of mid-calf boots with sky-high stilettos.
Crafted with voluminous puff sleeves that taper down to a tighter fit along the wrists, this ravishing dress plays with mix-media contrasting with a lustrous satin-looking upper, and a matte black fitted skirt. We think it’ll look extra chic next to a pair of charming gold hoop earrings and a pair of party-ready shoes.
Featuring a smoking lapel, a cross-over design and a low V-cut neckline, this polished double-breasted dress looks incredibly modern. Team this with the season’s trending chunky gold chain, demure studded earrings and a pair of minimalist ballet flats to slightly balance out the sexy silhouette.
Who says an LBD has to be uncomfortable? This flowy dress from COS clearly begs to differ. Offering a more contemporary feel, this lightweight dress comes with a draped front layer that cascades softly into ruffles. Team yours with a pair of sensible loafers and keep it minimal with the accessorizing.
Featuring a plunge neck and playful side cut-outs, this circle-trimmed dress is perfect for both party dressing and casual brunch dates on the weekend. Style this with a pair of bright yellow pumps and a bucket bag for relaxed weekend plans, or team it with elegant strappy high heels, dazzling jewellery and a metallic clutch for the holidays.
Featuring a bold, almost tribal-like print detail , this black t-shirt dress is a colourful alternative for the weekends. Finish it with fringed leather boots or go easy breezy with leather sandals.
Ooh la la. This black bodycon dress is made even sexier with a deep plunge neckline. Perfect for special occasions to impress the beau. Add a simple pearl choker to class it up or add a drop pendant to bring attention to your cleavage.
Cotton might be cool but a dress made of shiny vinyl is even cooler. Channel a badass futuristic sci-fi meets Matrix vibe with shiny black wellington boots. It’s waterproof too, which makes it pretty useful on rainy days.
Sequins, cinched waist, girly flared sleeves — these are all the things that make this LBD amazing. The knee-length number is feminine and stylish, which makes it appropriate for work. Ditch the necklace and finish with a quilted handbag, kitten mules and stacked rings.
Put your (sexy) back into it with this backless skater dress from Lulus. Bonus: this lightweight and breathable dress is guaranteed to keep you cool in Singapore’s weather. Play up the strappy quality with strappy sandals and a shoulder bag.
Cut in a simple silhouette, this COS black dress is made with a furry, fuzzy material that will keep you warm and cosy in the wintry office space. You can wear it on its own with some delicate jewellery or slip a white shirt under. Finish with loafers or add block heels and your favourite #girlboss briefcase.
Channel bohemian vibes with this tasseled backless number from Pomelo Fashion. Its loose fit makes it the perfect outfit for a brunch buffet. Finish with brogues and cuff bracelets to juxtapose the dress’ flowy silhouette.
Photo: Pomelo Fashion
This Topshop creation combines the best of an LBD and the S/S’19 utility jumpsuit trend — score! The added belt detail allows you to cinch your waist and fake an hourglass shape. Pair this with ankle boots and a bandana to channel a modern day version of Rosie the Riveter.